Pregnant wife raped at home
By MIKE SULLIVAN
Published: 30 Sep 2009
A SEVEN months pregnant woman was raped by a burglar as two accomplices held her husband at gunpoint, it was revealed yesterday.
Three masked men burst into the couple's home and the beast frogmarched the mum-to-be to a bedroom.
Last night, the 33-year-old victim revealed that the rapist told her "It's your lucky day" as he carried out a sickening assault.
She said: "At that stage I just wanted to protect my baby.
"I was terrified, with it being so late in the pregnancy. I didn't want to get into a fight where they may hurt me or the baby."
Her 39-year-old husband added: "I pleaded, I was shouting, 'She's pregnant, she's pregnant, leave off her. Tell me what you want'."
The gang had produced a metal object wrapped in a bag, which they said was a gun, and put it to the man's head.
They ransacked the house, stealing keys to an Audi TT, laptop, mobile phones and cash.
The crime took place in Finsbury Park, North London, in May last year but police released details only yesterday because the couple had asked for no publicity until the woman gave birth. Two months after the attack, she had a healthy boy.
But she said the horror of the raid is still with her, telling BBC1's Crimewatch last night: "Everything that you believe to be safe is no longer safe. You can't walk into the bedroom and feel relaxed because you remember that someone was in there who wasn't supposed to be."
Cops are keen to trace three men captured by nearby CCTV just before the break-in. Scotland Yard hopes underworld "allegiances" may have changed in the 16 months since, prompting someone to come forward.
Det Insp Robert Pack said: "There is a reward of up to £20,000 and I hope people out there are prepared to tell us what they know."
But cops were blasted for putting the public at risk by not publicising the crime. Ex-Yard commander John O'Connor said: "It was an appalling decision. Thugs who do that kind of thing don't stop and they will have committed further crimes. You must put public safety first."
ANYONE with information should call 0208 345 3865 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.